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Public News Service - WV: Energy Policy

Angie Rosser, West Virginia Rivers Coalition, says ordinary folks are going to have to get involved if they want lawmakers to protect water quality. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Community groups are harshly criticizing legislation they say would hurt West Virginia streams and drinking water, and they feel ordinary residents are being left out of the legislative process. Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, say

According to the Clean Air Task Force, carbon capture can work well to dramatically reduce CO2 from natural-gas power plants. (CATF)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bills in Congress to subsidize carbon capture and storage might have an unexpected impact at natural gas power plants. In a shift from a hard line, some fossil fuel corporations and their Washington allies are now backing tax credits for carbon capture. John Thompson, d

New testing is finding unexpected levels of mildly radioactive materials in Marcellus drill cuttings. (EPA)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – New testing is finding unpredictable levels of naturally occurring radioactive materials in the waste from a Marcellus well. Gas wells in the region produce millions of tons of drill cuttings a year. These normally contain small amounts of uranium and other mildly radioac

The falling cost of solar and wind is changing the energy picture in the developing world. (World Resource Institute)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Renewable energy is growing fast in poor countries, and in a change from a few years ago, demand for coal is stalled or falling. According to the international bodies that track the patterns, more solar and wind power is coming online than any other kind of energy. Vri

Critics of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline say its path is dangerously prone to landslides. (Malcolm Cameron/the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal regulators are taking a favorable view of the huge Atlantic Coast Pipeline. But research by a citizen group has found that they are largely ignoring the risk of landslides. Three quarters of the pipeline's West Virginia path and nearly 30 percent of its path in Virgini

A draft environmental impact statement on the Mountain Valley Pipeline is drawing fire as incomplete. (Marcellus.org)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Some government agencies and citizens groups are criticizing a draft study by federal regulators of a huge gas pipeline that would cross West Virginia and Virginia. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement saying i

A new poll finds strong support among conservatives for policies supporting renewables and clean energy. (Public Opinion Strategies)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - President-elect Donald Trump's position on renewables and clean energy is worrying environmentalists - but according to a new national poll, his voters strongly favor them. The post-election survey found that nearly 90 percent of all voters support more government action to spe

Critics say the agency that regulates natural-gas pipelines has a favorable bias toward the industry. (MarcellusPipeline.org)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A spate of proposed gas pipeline projects has drawn sharp criticism from environmental advocates, who say the federal permitting agency has a built-in bias toward the industry. Last week, nearly 70 people from almost a dozen states testified at what organizers called a P

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